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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Aug 26, 2008 8:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1993 was a very good year for the dead

I'm one of those firmly in the camp that anything post-'91 is extremely hard to defend on any kind of objective, honest scale.

Garcia's voice is 99% of the time like a frog in a blender and listening to the toy-piano sound Vince plinks out is akin to trying to get a nutritious meal from a stick of cotton candy. Then there are songs like "I will take you home", "samba in the rain", and "Picasso Moon" that make me reach for the air sickness bag every time I hear them.

and yet.....every once in a while something pops up that is pleasantly surprising. I in fact was mesmerized by a REALLY GOOD China>Rider from--of all years--1994 that I heard just the other day (my apologies for not remembering the exact date; but it came up as part of the recent discussion on best "...wish I was a headlight" verses sung by Jerry)...so you never know.

If anyone can point to a specific '93 show that's worth my time, I thank you in advance. But overall, my guess is you can pick out a good song in a show from '92-'95 here and there, but great overall shows--there really is no such animal.

Still, as always, I quote from Seymour Skinner, back-pedaling after he blurts out in front of the students at Springfield Elementary that they "have no future", and they stare at him in horror:

"Prove me wrong, kids...prove me wrong."

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Aug 26, 2008 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1993 was a very good year for the dead

09-22-1993, 05-26-1993, 05-27-1993, 08-21-1993 and maybe 06-22-1993 are my pick today for the five best 1993 shows...these are the most consistent...

Garcia's voice in 1993 could be pretty bad at times, but no worse than Good Ol' Cap'n Puddin' Throat of 84-89...

We all know Vince was the worst, but as long as stayed out of the way and did something to blend in, things were allright...a song like Ramble on Rose he did very well on actually, but he downright could ruin a groove in Scarlet Begonias...